The project aims to develop a small-scale combined cold, heat and power (tri-generation) system. The cooling system meets the expectations, generating 5-6 kW of cooling from 8 kW of heat. The system has been moved to the Centro Ricerche Fiat (CRF) in Italy and is now being demonstrated in their Eco-Canteen system: residual heat from a new micro CHP unit (a gas engine) is used to generate cooling for the company canteen.
Solid Sorption System for Cooling in Tri-generation (SOCOOL) - Project Fact Sheet - Italy
The general benefit of the project is to reduce primary energy usage for cooling purposes, with an expected rise in energy efficiency of around 15-20%. The new cooling machines developed within this project will be low in cost and high in efficiency and reliability. Further development aims to produce more compact systems with a higher volume-to-power ratio.